# Chapter 1 - Some Basic Concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra - 1.4 - Integers: Multiplication and Division - Problem Set 1.4 - Page 26: 44

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#### Work Step by Step

Because multiplication is before subtraciton in order of operations, we first multiply and then we subtract. We see that we are multiplying a positive number by a negative number in this problem. Recall, when we multiply a positive by a negative, the answer will always be a negative. Thus, we obtain: $9(-3)-8(-6) = -27-(-48)=-27+48=21$

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